Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Book 1: Giveaway

I'm giving away three copies of Book 1 in a raffle via the Bookie-Monster website:

The chances are, that if you're reading this then you've already paid for book 1, so I feel like I should apologise for that. I'm investigating different ways to promote and advertise my books, not so much for this series as for the one that comes next. More on that later. In the meantime, there are plenty of comeptitions to enter on the bookie-monster site, so take a few moments with a cup of coffee and click and enter (like I've just done).

Review: The Bookie-Monster

There's a great review from the blogger with (perhaps) the best name in the business. Seriously, The Bookie-Monster? It's awesome! Sadly there are no links on the site to purchasing a bookie-monster muppet. There are, however, links to competitions and give-aways. It's a Horror (etc) blog with plenty of zombie recomendations to keep you (and me) happy until Book 3: Family is finished.

Book 2: Wasteland - Kindle Book Review

I had a wonderful review from a blogger, The Misanthropic Reader, part of the Kindle Book Review team. The review (and links to other books worth having a look at) can be found here:

Barnes and Noble

Book 1: London is now available from Barnes and Noble:

I'm still waiting on other stores to add the book to their catalogues.
Book 2 will be up soon. I'm sorry for the delay, but my original cover image (the one to the right of the screen) was rejected as it didn't have the author name on it. Originally, with Book 1, I did have the author name on it When the book first appeared in the Top 20 on Amazon, and I saw the size of the thumbnail, I realised the image was too small for all of that text. I had the authors name removed as being unnecesary, it was there in the product description after all. But other stores require an author name on the cover image, so I've re-submitted the book, and it should be available soon.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Smashwords - Epub and other formats.

Surviving The Evacuation, Book's 1 & 2, and Zombies vs The Living Dead are now available in all formats from Smashwords.

This is an aggregator site via which I'll be publishing the books on Apple, Kobo, B&N etc. I'm not sure how long it will be before they are available in these stores, but I'll let you know.

The paperback for Book 2: Wasteland, is coming. Choosing the fonts is proving a lot more difficult than I first thought (for rather boring reasons due to the difference in appearence of a font on-screen and in print). I'm hoping it will be out by the end of the month.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Recomended Reading

I did promise a proper authors note, this is not it. Each time I sit down to write one I end up giving away too much of the plot of the next book. Instead, I am focusing my energies (mostly) on Book 3: Family.

I should add, for the record, that this is only a working title, though it works so well I doubt it will change. Whilst I’m doing that, I’m only giving myself a couple of hours a week for promotion, blogging and trying to fathom out how facebook works. I’m intending to migrate the blog to a proper website as soon as time allows (realistically this is going to be either February or March), which will have excerpts, authors notes and reviews of those books which everyone preparing for the apocalypse should keep close to hand. Until then, though, if you are looking for something to read, I would start with these three.

Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Written in 1951, this is the original zombie story. Alright, so it features genetically modified, walking carnivorous plants, breed for their oil, but otherwise this is a novel of the undead.

The Death of Grass by John Christopher. Grass starts dying. All grass. Everywhere. And if you don't know how many plants are actually types of grasses, well, it means a global famine. The novel was written in 1956, but stands the test of time, with the decisions facing governments and individuals the same now as they were then.

Both of these have been adapted for the radio by the BBC (Triffids has been adapted three times, most recently by The World Service, as well as for TV and as a movie) and by CBC (I think), so depending on where you live it's worth keeping an eye on the listings for repeats.

The Earth Abides by George R Stewart. A virus kills off nearly everyone. Written in 1949, this is the story of one of the survivors, trying to come to terms with a nearly empty world whilst struggling to preserve some remnant of civilisation. If you're considering writing an apocalyptic story of your own, you really should read this book.

There was an adaptation of this in 1950, a two parter which was edited, somewhat, to match the broadcasting sensibilities of the day. However it is still worth listening to and, what's more, is available to download for free from the relic radio website.

OK, so if you start reading those, I'll get on with writing the next book, and I'll add some more recommendations as and when I have time.

Thanks again.